Preview: L.A. Clippers At New Orleans

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Friday, December 2, 2016
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Los Angeles Clippers ended an ugly losing streak in perhaps the most impressive manner possible, and they will try to ride the momentum into a meeting with the host New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. After dropping three in a row against teams that had losing records entering the game, the Clippers turned the tables in dramatic fashion with a 113-94 triumph at Cleveland on Thursday.

J.J. Redick scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Los Angeles had 33 assists on 42 baskets to stun the defending champion. The victory gave the Clippers a 2-3 record on their six-game road trip and they will try to finish the trek with an even mark when they face the Pelicans, who have won five of their last six. Anthony Davis continued his torrid pace with 41 points, 16 rebounds and four steals in Tuesday's 105-88 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has scored at least 31 points in four straight games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring (32.1) and blocks (2.78). 

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), FSN New Orleans

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (15-5): The 33 assists represent a season high for the team, and three players - Blake Griffin (season-high 11), Chris Paul (nine) and Austin Rivers (season-high seven) - were the primary sources. Rivers also hit two of his four 3-point tries and he is 11-of-17 from beyond the arc over a span of five games. Redick averaged 20.3 points and hit 12-of-21 from long range as the Clippers won three of their four meetings with New Orleans last season.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (7-12): New Orleans' recent surge has been dictated by the squad's play at home, where it has won five in a row after opening 0-5. As is the case with everything surrounding the Pelicans, that trend revolves around Davis, who is averaging 37.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 steals in 10 contests at Smoothie King Center. Guard Jrue Holiday matched a season high with 22 points against the Lakers, and New Orleans is 5-2 since he returned from a long layoff to be with his ailing wife.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Griffin has been held under 20 points in three of his last four games after hitting that mark in eight consecutive contests.

2. Pelicans SG Tyreke Evans (knee) has yet to play this season and reportedly is now dealing with calf tightness as he tries to work his way back.

3. The Clippers are 9-0 in games included in back-to-back sets - 5-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second.

PREDICTION: Clippers 104, Pelicans 103

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 15-5 W1 7-2 8-3 1-0 14-5 2-0 10-2
New Orleans 7-12 W1 5-5 2-7 0-0 7-12 0-3 3-10

Last Meeting

L.A. Clippers New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/20/16 LAC 105 NO 109 105 35 40.2 109 54 49.3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC C. Paul 24 35.7 11
NO J. Holiday 22 41.2 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 9 3 6
NO O. Asik 14 1 13
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 13
NO T. Douglas 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 474 49.0 127
NO A. Davis 661 50.0 187
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 291 75 216
NO A. Davis 229 40 189
Assists Player  
LAC C. Paul 216
NO T. Frazier 185

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Clippers  Off vs  New Orleans Def
108.8 Points For
104.9 Points Against
46.2 FG%
43.8 FG%
43.6 Reb
47.8 Reb
New Orleans Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
102.8 Points For
98.7 Points Against
44.7 FG%
43.1 FG%
47.8 Reb
43.0 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Clippers Overall New Orleans
15-5 W/L 7-12
11-9-0 ATS 10-9-0
12-8-0 O/U 10-9-0
108.8 Pts For 102.8
98.7 Pts Against 104.9
L.A. Clippers A/H New Orleans
8-3 W/L 5-5
6-5-0 ATS 6-4-0
8-3-0 O/U 7-3-0
109.5 Pts For 110.1
103.5 Pts Against 109.0